# Carbon ions

what is your knowledge about carbon ions? is there a machine that determines its creature?

ShawnD
maria curie said:
what is your knowledge about carbon ions? is there a machine that determines its creature?

By "carbon ion" do you mean carbide, C2-2? eg as in CaC2 or Na2C2. Metallic carbides are made by reacting carbon with the desired oxide or cyanamide at high temperatures.

I think carbon is a bit strange... You do get carbide ions but then you also positive ions such as CO2. I am unsure how hydrocarbons form though and if the carbon has a negative ion or a positive (the hydrogen must have the positive, or does it?)

ShawnD